At Jeanette Secor, P.A. we will aggressively represent you in your abuse or negligence case and help you or your loved one get the quality of care they deserve. Our firm is experienced in taking swift legal action to help compensate residents of elder care facilities for the injuries that have been inflicted upon them.
If you have a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living center, you should take some precautions to make sure that they are getting proper treatment. We have found that the best way to ensure that your loved one is getting the best care possible is to visit frequently and at various times. Varying your routine allows you to see what is really happening. Unfortunately, we hear many stories about substandard care that was never discovered till it was too late, because the visits were always at the same times and the facility would clean up their mistakes just prior to the friends and family members’ arrival. When you do visit the the facilities, you should look for a few different signs. First of all, look for signs of physical abuse. This usually can be seen when there is a disregard for some of the basic necessities of day-to-day living. Next, look out for medical neglect. Make sure that your loved one is getting the care for their existing medical problems. Look for bed sores or any malnutrition and dehydration issues.
The next thing to check is the personal hygiene of the nursing home resident. Make sure that they are living in sanitary and clean conditions and that their provisions of food, shelter, and clothing are being taken care of. Also check the person for any infections and make sure to talk to them about their stay in the facility. If you see a large personality change, for example if you see that they are always drowsy or more forgetful, and the nursing home staff might be overly medicating your loved one because they are easier to deal with if they are constantly sleeping. On the opposite side of the spectrum of overmedicating is failing to give prescribed medication. We have handled cases where the person administering pain medication does not give them to the patient and uses them to feed their own habit. If your loved one seems like they are chronically in pain, it may be a sign that this is occurring.
Caring for the elderly in these assisted living facilities is typically very expensive and can be over $5,000 a month. Because of this high price tag on long term care, most of the residents usually go through their savings and assets fairly quickly. If there has been nursing home abuse of any kind it is important that you receive help from a qualified attorney in order to get compensation for the lost funds and the treatment of any injuries that may have been inflicted. If you think you might be in this situation and you are seeking an attorney, please contact us for a free consultation.
Let us take the necessary steps to try to get your case won and over.